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Corn eaten by deer

Vegetable Garden Price to Pay for a Summer Vacation

Deer are abundant on our farm, but for most of the summer, they've left my garden well enough alone. However, when I went out of town for July 4th, the deer decided to have an Independence Day feast of their own, and our garden was the main dish! Read on to find out more.
Ripening blackberries

How to Pick Wild Blackberries and Raspberries

During summer, nature begins to offer a bounty all its own, free for the picking – wild berries! And if you're new to berry picking, the best place to start is with wild blackberries and raspberries. Read on for some tips on when and how to pick, store, and cook wild berries in your area.
Raised bed garden made from pressure treated lumber

Can Fiber Cement Siding Be Used for Raised Bed Gardens?

Ernie asks, “Can fiber cement siding, such as HardiePlank, be used to make raised beds for a garden?”

Fiber cement siding isn’t a good choice for a raised bed, since it’s not rated for contract with the ground. Read on to find out more.
Jars, cucumbers, and ingredients for making pickles

Making Homemade Pickles

Before leaving town on vacation, I gathered all the cucumbers in my garden, got out my canning jars, and made pickles. I'm no canning expert, but making pickles isn’t that hard if you follow a few simple steps. Read on to find out more.
Grape leaffolder caterpillars on grape leaf

Using Bt for Organic Caterpillar Control in Your Garden

If caterpillars are devouring your garden, one safe and effective way to get rid of them is by applying Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a naturally occurring, organic bacteria that can be applied as a liquid or powder. Read on to find out more.
Cucumber vines growing up the side of a shed

How to Grow Cucumbers in Your Vegetable Garden

The first cucumbers have to be one of the highlights of the summer vegetable garden, with their crisp, cool crunch arriving just in time to relieve the summer heat. Read on to find out how to grow cucumbers in a vegetable garden or container.
Tomato plants surrounded by straw mulch

Weed-Proofing a Vegetable Garden

After planting her garden, my grandmother would spread layers of old newspaper between the rows, topped with straw, to make a weed-suppressing barrier that still let moisture through. This year I decided to give her method a try myself. Read on to find out how I went about it.
Peaches for sale at fruit stand

Which Fruits and Vegetables Continue to Ripen After Picking?

If you're heading out to the market or a pick-your-own-fruit farm, how do you know which ones to choose? Read this article to find out which fruits and vegetables will continue to ripen over time at home?
Raised planting bed made from brick

Raised Bed Gardening FAQ

Raised bed gardens have a number of advantages over ground level planting and are perfect for both vegetables and flowers. Read on to find the answers to frequently asked questions about how to construct and plant a raised bed garden in your yard.